Even worse, there's a version of Christianity that implies or says doubt is a sin.
If that's the kind of church abuse you were exposed to, you'll be glad to hear Sunday's Gospel and hear more about a branch of Christendom where doubt is not viewed as a sin. You'll be glad to know that
- doubt has a place in the Bible;
- "doubting Thomas" has a place among the disciples,
- doubting people have a place in this church.
Thomas doesn't say, "I'm not interested in believing it." He doesn't say, "Jesus alive again?!?--that's a stupid story!"
He says, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
So -- more about this in my sermon -- I think Thomas' doubt is really a desire.
What Thomas wants more than anything is to experience God, right where he is.
And that's why all of us -- not just doubters or the doubting part of us -- can connect with Sunday's passage: because we can all connect with Thomas' desire to see and touch the Living Son of the Living God right where we are.
This is why church -- the Body of Christ -- is so important: how can Thomas -- how can we, how can the world -- possibly believe in the resurrection, unless he sees -- unless we see, unless the word sees -- the resurrected?